Saman Samadi is a Persian-American composer & artist-researcher. He is currently undertaking research at the University of Cambridge, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Music. For over a decade, his prolific repertoire of orchestral, chamber, solo and electroacoustic music has been performed internationally — in the mid & far East, Europe, and on both coasts of the United States. His music was inspired early by those composers who are known under the rubric New Complexity; however, in 2010, he commenced to develop his unique compositional approach, one which entails a new pitch space, using microtones derived from traditional Persian music, multilayered and heterophonic textures, complex polyrhythms and polymeters. He received his degree in Mathematics from NODET, an Iranian educational institution for mathematical prodigies. He then entered the University of Tehran where he earned his BA in Music Performance and MA in Composition. While studying there, Alireza Mashayekhi, an internationally regarded composer, became his teacher. From 2006-2009, Samadi was the director of the Concentus Orchestra, a mix of musicians from the Tehran Music Conservatory and the University of Tehran. He is a first prize winner of the 2012 Counterpoint-Italy International Composition Competition and the 2009 Fajr International Music Festival. In 2014, his work was selected for a premiere at the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. In 2015, the NYFA awarded Samadi an Artist Diploma. In 2013, he was offered a scholarship for doctoral studies in Composition at the State University of New York where he studied with Daria Semegen, to whom he was also an assistant at the Electronic Music Studio. In 2018, he invited various alumni from the Manhattan School of Music to form the Saman Samadi Quintet. He is also the leader of two New York City-based improvisatory ensembles, Āpām Napāt Trio, and Aži Trio. He is a former faculty member of the City University of New York, Music School of New York City, and the Piano School of NYC. His research at Cambridge University is under the supervision of Professor Richard Causton. Samadi is a Grantham Scholar at Wolfson College.
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